Did you know that improving your overall health and wellbeing can help improve fertility in both men and women – meaning your IVF success rate could also improve with a few simple changes?
We all know that January is a key time for a new approach to life, whether that’s looking for a new job, starting a new hobby or taking on a healthier lifestyle.
So, whether you’ve just started researching IVF or you start your IVF cycle shortly, it’s never too early or late to start living a healthier lifestyle when it comes to the benefits it can bring to your fertility.
For 2020, we’ve come up with some tips on how to improve your overall health and wellbeing, helping to better your chances of a successful IVF cycle:
Reviewing your diet in January is normal this time of year, which is good news because not only are certain healthy foods proven to benefit your fertility but with the start of the year comes a wealth of healthier food options in shops.
Introducing food into your diet, such as fresh fruit & vegetables, whole grains and good fats like olive oil, fish and nuts is the best choice when trying to conceive and also to carry on with once you’re pregnant.
Whilst food is a great way to get a more nutritious diet, doctors also recommend trying to include more vitamin D and folic acid into your diet, which can be done simply through over the counter, easy to find, supplements.
Sleep is always important, but especially when you are trying to improve your fertility. It has been proven that the less sleep you get, the more it can affect your fertility.
Establishing a good sleep routine, which includes a set bedtime and wake up time and averaging around seven-eight hours sleep is extremely important and reduces stress on the body.
Plus, it’s good to establish a good pattern for when you are carrying and can stock up on sleep before the little one arrives.
Whilst vigorous exercise may cause more harm than good, regular moderate exercise and spending less time sitting down is known to assist with fertility.
In the new year why not look at taking a brisk walk, jogging or joining a gym class. Exercising has proven benefits not only for fertility but for your mental health, which during a possible stressful or anxious time you could benefit from – we all could.
Taking the first step, or any step, on your IVF journey can be stressful for even the most relaxed of us, especially for those that may be going through their second or third cycle.
It’s only natural to be worried about the time ahead, which is why we recommend putting time aside for YOU when you can. Whether that is a pamper day, an hour a day reading, long walks with your loved ones (or furry friends) and meditation, eliminating stress out of your life can significantly increase fertility.
We offer complementary therapies to our patients, including nutritional therapy, acupuncture and reflexology. We want to do our bit to help alleviate stress from you during this process, so why not do it for yourself too?
Weight and BMI
Ensuring you are within a healthy BMI is imperative when going through the IVF process. If you are largely over or underweight then that can cause hormonal imbalances, which in turn cause problems with ovulation and decreased fertility.
Weight is not just an issue for women, obesity in men can also cause lower fertility, meaning chances through IVF are much lower if both of you are not of a healthy weight or BMI.
By taking the steps above, such as looking into your diet, exercising etc can improve your BMI and as a result, your fertility and chances of a successful IVF cycle.
Take the steps you can in 2020 to improve your fertility and increase your chances of getting a step closer to parenthood.